1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Route Proposal: Building Boulder Dam ( Arden - Hoover Dam )

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by Blacknred81, Jun 17, 2020.

  1. Blacknred81

    Blacknred81 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    1,039
    Likes Received:
    2,449
    So a good historical route that could be made for Train Simulator 20XX is the Union Pacific Branch Line to Boulder City (~30mi), The US Government Railroad (~10 miles), and the Six Companies Railroad (19mi?), which all 3 contributed to the construction of Boulder (Now Hoover) Dam. The year would be set sometime between 1932-1935.
    04_28_16_Wash-No-2353_BC1-e1463031041525.jpg
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    04_28_16_WASH-No-98_BC1.jpg
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    The Union Pacific Branch line ran from UP's Arden Yard located just outside of Las Vegas to Boulder City, a distance just a few miles shy of 30. This part of the route would be the easiest part to recreate, as UP still operates on most of the line up near the crossing of I-11, with the Nevada Southern Railway Museum owning the rest of the line to Boulder City.
    04-28-16-Boulder-City-train-e1463030132917.jpg
    lossy-page1-800px-Aerial_view_of_Boulder_City,_Nevada_-_NARA_-_293834.tif.jpg

    From Boulder City to the Dam site, the railroad was built and owned by the US Government. The line was abandoned shortly after the dams completion, although some parts of this line still exist as a walking trail with the original tunnels as well.
    historic-railroad-tunnel-hiking-trail.jpg

    On the US Government Railroad, at Lawler Junction, the Six Companies Railroad connected with the line. Here the line ran towards the aggregate plant located near the Boulder Islands, as well as the concrete mixing plants and a gravel pit in Arizona. The actual lines for these would be a little harder to replicate, as most of it is now under lake mead, and the only vague info I have on them is from this wiki article. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_C...panies (Utah Construction,the help of Frank T.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Locomotives

    Union Pacific Locomotives would most likely be what was common steam power for the UP in the Early 1930's

    Tried to find a roster for the Six Companies Railroad, but couldn't find anything. Thru pictures though there are a few candidates though...

    3-Truck Shay
    [​IMG]

    2-8-0 Consolidation
    [​IMG]

    2-6-2 Prairie?
    [​IMG]

    2-8-2 (Mikado)

    [​IMG]

    Also interestingly enough, one of the original SCI dump cars still exists too, at the Western Pacific Museum in Portola.
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 3
  2. JGRudnick

    JGRudnick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2019
    Messages:
    1,226
    Likes Received:
    1,750
    Wow! This is an absolutely amazing suggestion. I would totally buy this route if it came out.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Random Railfan

    Random Railfan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2019
    Messages:
    867
    Likes Received:
    1,179
    This is a really unique idea! I'd love this!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. jedi247

    jedi247 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2018
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    830
    This sounds great. I live in Vegas, and I've been to Hoover Dam several times. The tracks between the dam and Vegas are still there from Vegas to Boulder City. The Nevada Southern Railway Museum runs an excursion from Boulder City each weekend. There is a hiking train that goes through four tunnels near Lake Mead that I've walked a few times. The tracks are gone, of course. This is a great historical route.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2020
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Average_Joe57

    Average_Joe57 Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2018
    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    123
    A very interesting idea! Would be really cool to see this route.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Blacknred81

    Blacknred81 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    1,039
    Likes Received:
    2,449
    Funny enough, the Nevada Southern Railway Museum just got an ex SCI dump car from the Niles Canyon Railway.
    Photo from their facebook page.
    105296728_3594480463914348_8990349271376646605_n.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 2

Share This Page